I am now functioning on videoconferencing for a fair proportion of the time, and I’m not alone. Because of the type of work I do, there are things I have to do face to face. But a fair amount of my working week just requires internet. Fibre is now standard in most of urban New Zealand. Even in the (technically rural) places we live and work in, we have fibre. And it is affecting the city: they don’t need people in offices, and they don’t need to pay the rent.
Midtown Manhattan, the center of business in NYC, is empty. Even though people can go back to work, famous office buildings like the Time-Life skyscraper are still 90% empty. Businesses have realized that they don’t need their employees at the office.
In fact, they’ve realized they are even more productive with everyone at home. The Time-Life Building can handle 8,000 workers. Now it maybe has 500 workers back.
“What do you mean?” a friend of mine said to me when I told him Midtown should be called Ghost Town. “I’m in my office right now!”
“What are you doing there?”
“Packing up,” he said and laughed, “I’m shutting it down.” He works in the entertainment business.
Another friend of mine works at a major investment bank as a managing director. Before the pandemic, he was at the office every day, sometimes working from 6 a.m.–10 p.m.
Now he lives in Phoenix, Arizona. “As of June,” he told me, “I had never even been to Phoenix.” And then he moved there. He does all his meetings on Zoom.
I was talking to a book editor who has been out of the city since early March. “We’ve been all working fine. I’m not sure why we would need to go back to the office.”
And the Dark Lord of the Legions notes
Best pandemic ever. It’s killing the centers of moral and physical filth. Look at all the lamentations for Gotham and the Hellmouth! When I go out, I don’t wear a mask out of fear or submission. I wear one out of pure unadulterated glee.
The Australian elite are noticing this, so they are hitting back, by protecting big media and those tame journalists from Google. I trust Google somewhat less than the Australian Government, who is actively discriminatory against New Zealanders.
At least they don’t cancel people as fast as the Twitter, Facebook. Reddit and TUmblr crowd do. Because Nic Cave is correct: that is bad.
The foreboding composer penned his thoughts on his website The Red Hand Files, urging that mercy is key to a society remaining “functioning and tolerant.”
“Mercy ultimately acknowledges that we are all imperfect and in doing so allows us the oxygen to breathe — to feel protected within a society, through our mutual fallibility.” Cave wrote, adding that “Without mercy, a society loses its soul, and devours itself.”
“Mercy allows us the ability to engage openly in free-ranging conversation — an expansion of collective discovery toward a common good. If mercy is our guide we have a safety net of mutual consideration, and we can, to quote Oscar Wilde, ‘play gracefully with ideas.’” the somber songwriter continued.
“Yet mercy is not a given,” Cave proclaimed, noting that “It is a value we must nurture and aspire to. Tolerance allows the spirit of enquiry the confidence to roam freely, to make mistakes, to self-correct, to be bold, to dare to doubt and in the process to chance upon new and more advanced ideas. Without mercy society grows inflexible, fearful, vindictive and humourless.”
“As far as I can see, cancel culture is mercy’s antithesis,” Cave urged.
“Political correctness has grown to become the unhappiest religion in the world. Its once honourable attempt to reimagine our society in a more equitable way now embodies all the worst aspects that religion has to offer (and none of the beauty) — moral certainty and self-righteousness shorn even of the capacity for redemption. It has become quite literally, bad religion run amuck.” Cave declared.
Well, yeah. The other way you can ruin things is by monitoring and micro regulating discussion. Almost all productive ideas, all creative ideas, sound crazy to begin with.
The reconstruction is starting, but the dissolution of the fetid temple of the woke will require a little more time. The ruins are weakened, but they have not tumbled.
I have got GoSquared working in addition, which has helped me find who is referring to me faster. There is a small link to it on the botoom of the main page.
Manjaro and XFCE is working quite well on the home laptop, and the install to the desktop will happen “real soon now”. There is a thing called life, and in a time when the election campaign has been extended for a month, and I have been distracted by issues in analogue life.
More next week.